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    Mandolin Big Rock Candy Mountain tab

    Beginner

    Norman Blake

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      80 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    Once you learn the basic melody, try switching the licks to stimulate your improvising skills. You can also try finding the melody an octave higher which can make the solo sound more pronounced.

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  • Intermediate

    Norman Blake

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      90 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    Compare this arrangement with the beginner version and search for the general techniques that can add the bluegrass flavour to your playing, i.e. using shuffle rhythm (e.g. bar 2), double stops (e.g. bar 3), and the typical ornaments that embellish the melody notes.

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  • Advanced

    Norman Blake

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      90 bpm
    • Tuning
      GDAE

    The arrangement is mostly based on 16th-notes in double stops that holds the melody. However, there are a few spots that spice the solo up - like the slides in bars 3, 7, and 9 and the triplet in bar 9 that is played by two subsequent hammer-ons. Be careful not to speed up here (use a metronome and backing tracks as a play-along in slow tempo when practicing).

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More about Big Rock Candy Mountain

This old song, written by Harry McClintock, has its instrumental version recorded by Norman Blake. It was featured on the popular O Brother Where Art Thou movie soundtrack. It is a nice mid-tempo song with an interesting melody, playful chord progression and unusual number of bars. Keep in mind that the shuffle rhythm (dom di-di, dom di-di) is one of the key elements of many tunes - including this one. You can help keep the groove going in your soloing by putting dynamic emphasis on the off-beats (dom DI-di, dom DI-di - i.e. where you normally play chops when playing rhythm). The arrangement of the advanced solo uses a lot of 16th-notes with double stops. For the most part, it stays very close to the melody. However, there are a few spots that help to spice the solo up - like the slides in bars 3, 7, and 9. The triplet in bar 9 is played by two subsequent hammer-ons. Be careful not to speed up here. Use the metronome of the Tunefox player while practicing along at a slow tempo.

The Tunefox Beginner tab is focusing on accenting the melody notes of the vocal line. Intermediate arrangement features more 16th note up and down strokes than the beginner version and Advanced version adds some tasty melodic flare.

There are a ton of tools in the Tunefox app that will help you learn Big Rock Candy Mountain tabs more efficiently and effectively. Use the tempo control slider to slow down the whole song, or isolate problematic measures. You can also activate the "Speed Up" tool to speed up isolated measures each time they loop. Use the "Memory Train" tool to hide more and more notes each time you play through the song.

Want to learn how to improvise over Big Rock Candy Mountain on mandolin? Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to change some of the measures into different style licks. You can basically create your own arrangement of the song, depending on what you want to learn. Pretty cool! If you want to randomly shuffle the licks in the song, go down to the bottom toolbar and click on Shuffle Licks.

The backing tracks included in all tab versions of Big Rock Candy Mountain are a great tool for practicing the melody or improvisation. Go to Settings to change the volume levels of the mandolin, full band tracks, and metronome to suit your practice needs.

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